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Skara Brae

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The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill, is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe. Uncovered by a storm in 1850, the attraction presents a remarkable picture of...more
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Skara Brae B9056, Stromness KW16 3LR, Scotland
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Arrived on a cold January day but the welcome at the reception desk was warm and friendly. First you are invited to watch a short film on the site and then have a look at the small exhibition.after that you go outside and into a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank s18drw
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well preserved site, multiple partly undergrounnd houses ... as if a Celt can walk out the house any moment. I visited in winter, only visitor, the wind was freezing, I hope these Celts were wearing better clothes than I did! A replica house is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Akxsel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing place. You get to see ancient ruins of living quarters and other areas of this place.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Barges867
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped off here on our trip to Orkney, on what turned out to be one of the coldest days of the year. Very unfriendly welcome at the ticket office , not even directing us to the way to go. Interesting exhibits before you reach the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Redkitewatcher64
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Had the whole place to myself.... Winter is a great time to visit, Staff were excellent.. Kevin and Jess were on site learned lots!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LOT59degreesNorth
Reviewed 19 November 2018

Want to see how people lived in Neolithic times....Visit Skara Brea. These well preserved ruins give you a glimpse back 5000 years and how the people lived here. Hopefully they will dig up and unearth more of the ruins they know are here. What a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Maldenpa
Reviewed 19 November 2018

it took a while to see everything but it was good!!! We stopped at the Cafe and that was so nice especially on a cold day

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank J3FF3R
Reviewed 18 November 2018

We got to Skara Brae right when it opened on a blustery day. There weren't many people there, only one other couple and us. We made our way through the entrance building and then out to the sight. We met one of the employees down...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank BL_adventure
Reviewed 18 November 2018

Amazing neolithic settlement with good visitor centre, an excellent reconstruction of a house that you can walk through, and the windswept site itself. We also visited Skaill House on the same ticket.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank sebkayak
Reviewed 13 November 2018

Skara Brea is a site of old village. It is great, you need at least 2 hours to see it and I also recommend a walk on the sandy beach. The tea room and souvenir shop is well worth visit too. The colours and the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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1 July 2018|
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Response from O2550ICdavida | Reviewed this property |
There are very few trees in Orkney and I can only remember 1 or 2 bushes. You may well be able to take your dog with you as Skara Brae is outside. In any case, I doubt if it will be over 20 degrees!
25 March 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth B | Reviewed this property |
You should be able to hire a cab if you don't want to rent a car... there's probably tours from Kirkwall...
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10 February 2018|
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Response from IanGBradford | Reviewed this property |
An hour or so- but we were on a tour! At least 2 hours would be better....